Indian Railways launches the first-ever high capacity LHB parcel van, can run at 130 kmph. See pics
2 min read.Updated: 31 Jan 2020, 10:44 PM ISTTamal Nandi
The LHB parcel van will generate revenue for Indian Railways through parcel transportation business
Indian Railways launched the new parcel van which can run at a speed of 130 kmph
Indian Railways in an another first has launched the high capacity parcel van on the Linke Hofmann Busch(LHB) platform.
The high capacity parcel van was launched at Delhi’s Safdarjung Railway station by Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board, Sh. Rajesh Agarwal and Member Traffic, Railway Board, Sh. Purnendu.S.Mishra
The new high capacity parcel van has been designed and manufactured by Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, this is the first ever that a high capacity parcel van on LHB platform.
The new parcel van of the Indian Railways has successfully completed oscillation trials and has been issued with speed certificate by RDSO to run at 130 kmph according to a statement by the Ministry of Railways.
The coach has been made from stainless steel shell on LHB platform for longer life.
To facilitate transportation of wide goods, foldable 2-tier luggage racks have been provided in these parcel van coaches.
These coaches have three collapsible partitions and four sliding doors.
The coach has complete stainless steel interior paneling and fitted with 140 KN air suspension.
The coach is also equipped with axle mounted disc brakes and anti climbing CBC coupler with transition screw coupling. The coach shall have fire balls inside to douse any fire inside.
The LHB parcel vans have been provided with flushed-in type fire retardant LED lights.
This coach is HOG compliant with both end connectivity. This coach can be attached at any position in the rake.
The LHB parcel van will generate revenue for Indian Railways through parcel transportation business.
Further, RCF is in process of development of E-commerce parcel Van with a volume capacity 210 m3 and speed potential of 160 kmph.
The coach will be equipped with load cell to indicate pay load and GPS tracker. The new coach will be Head on Generation(HOG) compliant & both end loco power connectivity. No need of reversal shunting o¬n the rake.
The coach will also have six interior sunken led lights for better illumination of interiors. It will also have 32 number foldable 2 tier luggage racks for efficient staking of small parcels.
It will also have sliding doors with protection wall for ease of loading and unloading.
The coach will have three number of collapsible partition-04 compartments for modular use.The coach will have a tare weight of 33.5 tonne and luggage carrying capacity of 24 tonne.
Here are the salient features of the new parcel van coach:
■Axle mounted disc brakes (2.48 caliper ratio) with wheel slide protection system for rapid and effective braking.
■Anti climbing CBC coupler with transition screw coupling & side buffer for safe and reliable coupling with high speed trains.
■02 RFID tags provided on the parcel car body.
■Axle end cover provided with earthing arrangement.
■Fleet graphic film on coach exterior in red and silver grey as per LHB color scheme.